This is the mausoleum of Toyotomi Hideyoshi (豊臣 秀吉), the powerful warlord who unified Japan. Hideyoshi died on August 18, 1598, in Fushimi Momoyama castle. He died at the age of 63 and was buried here on the Amidagamine Mountain (阿弥陀ヶ峰). On April 18th of the following year, a gigantic shrine named Toyokuni-no-yashiro was built in his memory on the hillside. A magnificent festival known as the Hokoku matsuri was observed ate the shrine annually on the 18th of April and August until 1615, when the Toyotomi family was removed from power. At that time, the Edo Shogunate ruled that the shrine be destroyed. From then on not many people dared to pay a visit to the tomb of Hideyoshi. On the 300th anniversary of Hideyoshi’s death in 1898, the mausoleum was restored through donations of local people. A huge five-piece stone pagoda was erected on top of his tomb. In addition, the Toyokuni-no-yashiro was rebuilt in Hideyoshi’s memory in 1880. The rebuilt shrine is named Toyokxuni shrine, and located at the site where a giant Buddha image once stood at the Hokoji temple. Hideyoshi is credited with erecting the grotesque statue.